Celia Milne

Taking a short stroll may stop those impulses to reach for a treat

Bored at work?Stressed?Mindlessly reaching for chocolate?Try going for a wee walk instead. A new study in the U.K. has found that taking a quick 15-minute walk cuts down on chocolate consumption by 50 per cent.Researchers at the University of Exeter invited 78 chocolate fiends to come to a...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 4:18 AM

World of eye care can be confusing

Your eyes need health check-ups, too.But how do you navigate the world of optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists? Most of us aren’t clear on who does what.“It is a source of confusion in the public,” says Dr. Riaz Ahmed, an optometrist in Calgary.Here’s how he explains it: Opticians are the...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4:34 AM

Veg your bets on health

C’mon guys. Eat your vegetables.Most of us still don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to fend off major diseases, according to a new study done at Concordia University in Montreal. In particular, men, smokers and those with low incomes are at risk.The World Health Organization has reported that...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 2:01 AM

The faces of cancer

Who gets prostate cancer? What do they look like? A new photo exhibit takes us into the inner world of this disease, showing us the fear, sadness, love, loss and hope that survivors and their families feel.Prostate cancer got personal recently when 246,000 Canadians participated in Movember to...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 2:03 AM

Plan, not procrastinate

Want to lose weight by getting fit? Put it in your calendar.Most New Year’s resolutions fail because they are too lofty and vague. “Exercise more” is a tough instruction to follow. Where would you begin? Scientific studies have found people are more likely to be physically active if they make a...

Monday, January 2, 2012, 5:46 PM

Get healthy, get a dog

Not rain, not ice, not snow, not sleet can keep your doggie off his feet.People who own dogs benefit health-wise from their pet’s need to go for walks all year long.A recent study at the University of Calgary found that having a dog keeps owners active and walking, even in horrendous weather.This...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:59 AM

Do you have insomnia? Or just sleep paranoia?

Tossed and turned all night? Actually, you may have slept more than you thought. A comprehensive review of sleep research done in the U.K. found that people with insomnia tend to overestimate the time it takes them to fall asleep and underestimate the amount of sleep they got.“Misperception of...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 1:38 AM

Cutting weight to drink

Saving calories to go drinking?The idea of rationing food so there are calories to spend on alcohol is not new. Girl groups laugh about it. College students do it. But it could be a dangerous habit for those in your group who have social and anxiety problems.Sixteen per cent of college students in...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 10:35 PM

Benefits of barefoot

Is barefoot beautiful?It’s becoming more common to see people running with bare feet or wearing super-light shoes.But should you toe the line?To find out if this is a more “natural” way to run, Metro contacted Reed Ferber, director of the Running Injury Clinic and an associate professor in...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 2:31 AM

Talk therapy for epilepsy

Trevor Park had his first seizure at age 13 on the way to a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. Seizures are scary — they come suddenly and can make people with epilepsy thrash so violently that they hurt themselves.All through his teens and early 20s, Trevor continued to have seizures. He was taken...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 2:52 AM

Java keeps you jovial

Go ahead, be happy. Have a cup of java.A large study at Harvard set out to find whether drinking coffee was associated with depression, as previous studies had hinted. Results were surprising.“Regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing depression than non-coffee-drinkers,” Dr. Albert...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 2:43 AM

Goodnight sun: why vitamin D is critical

Vitamin D — the sunshine vitamin — got another thumbs-up recently.A small study in Oregon found that children with serious mental illnesses are more likely to be deficient in vitamin D than children with good mental health. Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University, led by Dr. Keith...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:10 AM

Pregnancy and the pain

Can you safely take Advil while you are pregnant? Ask your doctor.A new study from the University of Montreal has revealed a possible link between NSAID painkillers and miscarriage.While this study is a useful reminder that women should be cautious about taking drugs in pregnancy, it certainly...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 1:31 AM

Addicted to exercise

Are you addicted to exercise? While physical activity is obviously good for you, too much exercise could signal problems brewing.“If exercise takes over from work, social activities, and sleep, that is an unhealthy behaviour,” says Wendy Lee, a kinesiologist at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto,...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 1:35 AM

Last resort for addiction: Intervention

“If she doesn’t get help real soon, she’s not gonna live,” says Don about his 26-year-old stepdaughter, Loren. She is an alcoholic in Windsor, Ont., and one of the people whose story is told on the new show Intervention Canada.As a child, Loren was abused by her grandfather, and in her young life...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 1:58 AM

The big skinny on fat

Not all obese people need to lose weight.Evidence is mounting that obesity alone is not necessarily a predictor of bad health.“It is important to realize that weight does not equal health,” says Dr. Jennifer Kuk, an assistant professor in York University’s school of kinesiology and health science....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 10:30 AM

Making time for you

Is life too busy? Do you feel overwhelmed? Overburdened? A little solitude may be just what the doctor ordered.“Time alone is essential to our sanity,” says Dr. Susan Biali, a Vancouver-based wellness expert, life coach and author of Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier More...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:56 AM

Walking the halls gets elderly patients out of hospital quicker

When Granny’s in hospital, she might recover more quickly if she walks the corridors.Several studies worldwide have found that elderly patients who are mobile while in hospital get released earlier than those who stay in bed.“Walking really does pay off,” says Dr. Efrat Shadmi (PhD), a researcher...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 8:40 PM

8 glasses a day? No way

Advice to drink eight glasses of water a day is pure baloney, according to a U.K. physician.Dr. Margaret McCartney, writing in the British Medical Journal, argues that there is no strong evidence of the benefits of drinking increased amounts of water. Though there may be some situations where...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:30 AM

Canada’s fatty new melting pot

Canada’s bad health habits rub off quickly on immigrants.“When immigrants first arrive in Canada, they are generally in better health than the native-born Canadians. But this health advantage deteriorates as they live in Canada,” says Katerina Maximova, assistant professor in the department of...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:30 AM